The Queen faces double heartache as she returns to Sandringham for poignant anniversary

Queen Elizabeth II prepares to greet Kazakhstan President Nursultan Nazarbayev at Buckingham Palace on November 4, 2015 in London, England.
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The Queen has returned to Sandringham for the first time this year to mark a special, personal anniversary ahead of her Platinum Jubilee.

The Queen has returned to Sandringham to mark the 70th anniversary of her father, King George the VI’s death.

The anniversary, which lands on the 6th of February will be even more poignant this year, as it also marks the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee year (opens in new tab).

The Queen will be celebrating her milestone 70th year on the throne, and while it is a historic moment in her majesty’s life, it will also be tinged with sadness.

King George VI and Queen Elizabeth in the gardens at Windsor Castle, England on July 8, 1946.

This visit is made doubly heart-wrenching for the Queen, as not only did her father pass away at the Norfolk estate, but she will also be visiting somewhere very special to her late husband, Prince Philip.

Prince Philip passed away in April 2021 (opens in new tab), which is being described as the worst year ever for the Queen (opens in new tab)

During her trip, she will be staying at the Wood Farm cottage, instead of the main house, which is said to have been one of her husband’s favorite places.  

An insider told the Daily Mail (opens in new tab), ‘Everything is being put in order for the Queen's visit. We've been told that she will stay at Wood Farm, rather than the main house, which is nice as that always had a special place in his heart.’

The Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh re-visit Broadlands, to mark their Diamond Wedding Anniversary on November 20.

This will be the Queen’s first time staying in the cottage without Philip, to whom she was married for 73 years (opens in new tab).

The royal family was set to celebrate the festive period at Sandringham as per tradition, after being unable to in 2020, but sadly plans were scrapped (opens in new tab) for the second year in a row. 

You can watch a clip about the Death of King George VI below taken from the Being The Queen documentary...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FX3aS8L0UQU

The Queen remained at Windsor castle for Christmas but has now, finally been able to make the special anniversary trip.

Naomi Jamieson
Naomi Jamieson

Naomi is a Lifestyle News Writer with the Lifestyle team and has recently earned her Gold Standard Diploma in Journalism from the NCTJ. She has a background in design, having studied Illustration at Plymouth University but has taken a leap into the world of journalism after always having a passion for writing. She currently writes pieces on beauty, fashion, and entertainment for Goodto.com and My Imperfect Life.